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Deathstroke has returned to Gotham City on a contract. The hit has gone sideways, as the Electrocutioner was present and attacked Slade before he completed his mission. This has led to a high-profiled duel on a tour boss tearing through the Gotham City streets. His breakout from Arkham and subsequent slaughter of a dozen homeless individuals (possibly aliens in disguise), and now the GCPD, led by Commissioner Gordon, really have it out for Slade Wilson. Afterwards, Slade gets suspicious about the Gotham contract and follows a trail that leads to Atlantic City with help from his daughter Rose, aka Ravager.
Deathstroke #41 serves as a prelude to the upcoming Deathstroke/Teen Titans crossover, “The Terminus Agenda.” Deathstroke has just gotten free of Arkham, and he’s now trying to catch up on his contracts.
He’s also clearly been shaken a little too, as his actions here are more impulsive and erratic than in the past. His public duel with the Electrocutioner garners the attention of the entire city and gains him nothing.
The contract he fulfills in this issue is uncharacteristically brutal for Slade too, but it’s also accompanied by a philosophical discussion between Gordon and Wintergreen that can be summed up with “Slade’s a killer, what do you expect?” I’m the kind of English-major dork that enjoys the hell out of that segment too.
The “Terminus” angle doesn’t seem to come in until the very end of the issue, though some of the other details of this book may have more subtle connections.
Fernando Pasarin makes it another visually killer issue. Deathstroke’s Ikon suit looks amazing, and his battle with Electrocutioner is explosively entertaining. His detailing work is top-notch, and it’s aided greatly by Jeromy Cox and Carrie Strachan’s intense color work.
Deathstroke #41 is another powerful installment for DC’s deadliest assassin. Slade Wilson may be losing it, and it won’t help him when the Teen Titans come knocking. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Deathstroke #41 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Fernando Pasarin, inkers Cam Smith and Sean Parsons, color artists Jeromy Cox and Carrie Strachan, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Tyler Kirkham with Tomeu Morey, and variant cover artist Francesco Mattina.
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